September 2015 Tech Tips

September 29, 2015


In This Newsletter I will be covering:
1.  Just because it is "FALL" don't fall for the Facebook Hoax that is once again circulating.
2.  iPhone's: How To Improve your iPhone & iPad battery life with iOS9.
3.  Scam Emails on the rise again.


Facebook Hoax:
The classic Facebook Hoax of putting up a post that states "My stuff is copyrighted and you don't have any permission..." has once again circulated. It seems that every 365 days or so this hoax makes it rounds and grabs a whole new group of users. Don't feel bad if you thought it was real, most everyone who saw the hoax the first time around thought it was real too. Even media outlets, such as TV stations have reported that the hoax was real only to retract the story days later. The hoax basically states:

"Better safe than sorry is right. Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook's privacy policy. Better safe than sorry. As of September 26th , 2015 at 01:16 a.m. Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The
violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste."


Just to be clear, it is not real. For the full story, click here. On a more serious note, if you are worried about content that you are posting to Facebook being used by other businesses or other Facebook users, then you shouldn't post it. Assume that everything you post (video, text, photos, etc.) can be used by other people. You are basically uploading your content to the public domain and it is fair game - buyer be warned.


iPhone/iPad Battery Performance with iOS9
Apple has recently release iOS 9 for the iPhone and iPad. The new operating system has some new improvements. One of these improvements is better battery usage. For the full article from ZDNET on how to maximize your battery life, click here


EMAIL & Phone Scams on the Rise Again
Just like the Facebook Hoax that circulates, Email and Phone Scams seem to increase in activity every year. There are multitude of new scams going on that you can read about below by following the link, but here are few quick tips that might help you out.


 - Microsoft never calls you on the phone randomly and asks to fix your computer. Hang up -it is a remote scam.

- Always use extreme caution when speaking to a computer support company and they askfor you to allow remote access to your computer. The majority of large businesses such  as: (PayPal, Netflix, Adobe, Microsoft, Google, etc.) will never ask for remote access. There are exceptions to this rule but if asked for remote access, hang up.

- If you are searching for a companies phone number for support, such as HP. If youGoogle's HP's phone number it will show you a site that looks almost identical to HP with a phone number. It is not HP - it is a fictitious site and when you call in they will ask for remote access to your computer. Same is true for Microsoft, Adobe, Netflix, etc. Unfortunately if you want those companies support numbers you must first go to their
website and hunt/search for support - which is often a daunting challenge. Never rely on Google search results - go directly the to manufacturers website first.

- Email Scams: Sound to good to be true - it is. I was recently taken in on one of these email scams. My gut hunch told me that it was fake but because of some crazy coincidences, the email could have been real. I was lucky enough to finally figure out that it was a credit card/wire fraud scam and ended the conversation. This was after 4 days of building proposals, submitting quotes and generally wasting a lot of my time. Email scams are now targeting small to medium sized businesses more than ever.

- Make sure you are using PAID antivirus software. Free or trial versions are not what they used to be. A typical paid antivirus solution for one computer should cost you between $30-$50 per year.

For a current list from the FBI of email scams, click here

Be safe out there and happy computing... Noah
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